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  • Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
    In a mere instant, Emile Allen’s life as a highly successful surgeon is destroyed. Electrocuted in an operating room accident, Allen is left with a litany of maladies, both physical and psychological: traumatic brain injury, ...
  • Healing From Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover
    How can abuse affect the psychological and emotional lives of adults? Mental health professionals believe the effects of childhood abuse are great. Listen to the internalized shame of an abuse survivor: “I could not tell anyone. ...
  • Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest
    Fear can be a powerful disincentive to change. It was one of several factors that kept me from undergoing cognitive-behavioral ...
  • The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
    At some point in nearly everyone’s life, depression will strike. Whether it comes through the grief of losing a loved one, the loss of a job and subsequent financial difficulty, or something else, depression, whether ...
  • Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, Too
    I’ve been writing an advice column for years. Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more letters from boys who feel bad ...
  • Gay, Straight & the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation
    A bit over twenty years ago I was in college in California and two of my roommates were gay men. One of them mentioned a research paper had been published by a scientist at the ...
  • The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: 30 Truths About Fear & Courage
    What is it that you can’t do because you’re afraid? It may be something that other people seem to do all the time, such as approach a stranger to start a conversation. Maybe it’s bigger: ...
  • Parental Anxiety Over Kids’ Perceived Failures, Part 1
    Sometimes when kids don’t succeed fully, it reverberates with parents’ own dread of failure, leading to personalized reactions, or overreactions, and a cascade of negative cycles ...
  • The Effortless Sleep Method
    I've recently read a book which claims to cure insomnia. One of the main points it makes is that there's no such thing as insomnia. Some may be tempted to hurl it at the wall ...
  • Power, Control & Codependency
    Power exists in all relationships. Having power means to have a sense of control, to have choices and the ability to influence our ...
  • The Future of Computerized Therapy
    There are some problems that continue to defeat computer science researchers. One example is natural language understanding. It is currently not possible ...
  • Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder
    Having a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so ...
  • Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy
    There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the future of psychotherapy -- especially therapy that involves a computer. ...
  • OCD, Lying, Hyper-responsibility & Honesty
    My son Dan was an honest child; an unusually upfront, truthful boy, who as far as I know, never lied to me. ...
  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychotherapist Amy Tatsumi
    In our monthly interview series we ask clinicians to do something they rarely do at work: talk ...
  • The Theory of Opposites
    "The best way not to be lost is to be your own map." ~ Theory Of Opposites Have you ever questioned your choices? Have you ever wondered if there was a ‘life plan’ doled out by the ...
  • Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?
    You have probably heard of ELIZA at one time or another. In the mid-1960s, Joseph Weizenbaum, a computer ...
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single Event
    Following is an example of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a single traumatic incident. Tony had a somewhat ...
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Michelle was terrorized for much of her childhood. Her father was an inconsistent presence and her mother expressed outright disdain for her. Often when Michelle went to her mother for comfort, she was accused of exaggerating or being a "crybaby" and sent away. Starting at age 4 until she was out of the house at 16, Michelle was molested by several family members -- including her brother, her uncle and a couple of cousins. As she grew up, different men in the neighborhood also sexually assaulted her. At 19, she began dating Carl, who initially was very affectionate. However, he then began to be suspicious of different friends of hers and concerned about how she spent her time. This escalated into more and more controlling behavior and occasionally he was physically violent.
  • 9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to Bed
    One of the sweet pleasures of parenting can be the nightly ritual of tucking a child into bed. ...
  • Rethink Those Failed New Year’s Resolutions
    It’s not even the middle of January and those New Year’s resolutions are already history. You’ve fallen off the diet, started smoking again or given up on the exercise routine. You feel bad about yourself for not being able to put your good intentions into action for even two weeks. Two weeks! You scold yourself for having no willpower or for failing yet once again. You sigh and give up, perhaps rationalizing away the project. You can always claim no time, too much stress, or peer pressure, right? Wrong. You know you’re rationalizing but oh well. You can take some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Almost 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions dissolve within a month. The enthusiasm about a new year and a new beginning quickly fades. Life takes over. All the reasons you developed whatever bad habit you wanted to fix are still there. But all is not lost. You can still make that important change, whatever it was. You may just have to rethink how to go about it.
  • 5 Tips on How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions
    Why bother to make resolutions and then feel disappointed or guilty for breaking them? Do you get excited ...
  • Therapists Spill: How Therapy is Different from Talking to a Friend
    A common reason people give for not seeking therapy is that, well, it’s basically like talking ...
  • A New Year’s Resolution for Generosity
    Isn’t it wonderful? Every January 1, we get to have a fresh start. Ring out the old. Ring in the new. We can change something significant about our lives. New Year’s resolutions are a statement of hope. We make them, not to scold ourselves, but to hold out the possibility that we can change something. So we swear we’ll finally lose that 10 (or more) pounds, that we’ll quit bad habits we enjoy, or we’ll hit the gym more often. Never mind that studies show that almost 90 percent of such resolutions are broken within two weeks of New Year’s. Our intentions were good. Oh well. I think we break those self-promises almost as soon as they’re made because they are too ambitious. We ask ourselves to take on something that has been a long-term issue and then feel too discouraged or overwhelmed by the idea to really take it on. Then we feel even worse about ourselves because once again, we didn’t do it. So we have another piece of chocolate or another cigarette and promise that maybe we’ll go the gym tomorrow.
  • Postpartum Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Pregnancy and childbirth bring feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation. They also can complicate existing mental health issues and can create ...

 

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